|David Pogue on cool phone tricks - TED.com|
In this engaging talk from the EG'08 conference, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue rounds up some handy cell phone tools and services that can boost your productivity and lower your bills (and your blood pressure).
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; 2008
|John Francis walks the Earth - TED.com|
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; environment; global issues; TED2008; 2008
|Mike Rowe celebrates dirty jobs - TED.com|
Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; economics; entertainment; work; 2008
|Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything - TED.com|
Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Bruno Bowden folds while Rufus Cappadocia plays - TED.com|
After Robert Lang's talk on origami at TED2008, Bruno Bowden stepped onstage with a challenge -- he would fold one of Lang's astonishingly complicated origami figures, blindfolded, in under 2 minutes. He's accompanied by the cellist Rufus Cappadocia.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; cello; entertainment; music; origami; 2008
|Dennis vanEngelsdorp: a plea for bees - TED.com|
Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; animals; disease; food; insects; life; nature; 2008
|Chris Abani muses on humanity - TED.com|
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; humanity; humor; literature; poetry; politics; writing; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "The Dog Song" - TED.com|
Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: "Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; entertainment; live music; music; piano; TED2008; 2008
|Susan Blackmore on memes and "temes" - TED.com|
Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; design; evolution; meme; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Marc Pachter: The art of the interview - TED.com|
Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; art; history; performance; personal growth; 2008
|Adam Savage's obsessions - TED.com|
At EG'08, Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It's an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; animals; art; birds; creativity; entertainment; exploration; film; technology; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" and "If I Had You" - TED.com|
The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; music; piano; short talk; women; 2008
|Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: the Charter for Compassion - TED.com|
People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help build a Charter for Compassion -- to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; collaboration; faith; global issues; politics; religion; TED2008; 2008
|Paula Scher gets serious - TED.com|
Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; entertainment; happiness; 2008
Downloads: 137 (1 review)
|David Griffin on how photography connects us - TED.com|
The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; culture; design; entertainment; global issues; photography; storytelling; TED2008; 2008
|Yves Behar on designing objects that tell stories - TED.com|
Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he's created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he's working on now -- including the "$100 laptop."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; One Laptop Per Child; business; computers; creativity; design; sex; society; 2008
|Amy Tan on creativity - TED.com|
Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; culture; entertainment; storytelling; writing; TED2008; 2008
|Barry Schuler: Genomics 101 - TED.com|
What is genomics? How will it affect our lives? In this intriguing primer on the genomics revolution, entrepreneur Barry Schuler says we can at least expect healthier, tastier food. He suggests we start with the pinot noir grape, to build better wines.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; biology; entrepreneur; food; genetics; science; technology; 2008
|Charles Elachi on the Mars Rovers - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, Charles Elachi shares stories from NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Lab -- including tales and video from the Mars Rover project.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; design; exploration; physics; robots; science; space; technology; 2008
|Paul Rothemund details DNA folding - TED.com|
In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; MacArthur grant; creativity; nanoscale; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Robert Lang folds way-new origami - TED.com|
Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; engineering; math; origami; space; TED2008; 2008
|George Smoot on the design of the universe - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos -- with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids -- got built this way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; astronomy; culture; design; physics; science; space; technology; 2008
|Gregory Petsko on the coming neurological epidemic - TED.com|
Biochemist Gregory Petsko makes a convincing argument that, in the next 50 years, we'll see an epidemic of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer's, as the world population ages. His solution: more research into the brain and its functions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; aging; brain; business; health; science; social change; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Dan Barber's foie gras parable - TED.com|
At the Taste3 conference, chef Dan Barber tells the story of a small farm in Spain that has found a humane way to produce foie gras. Raising his geese in a natural environment, farmer Eduardo Sousa embodies the kind of food production Barber believes in.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; food; global issues; sustainability; 2008
|Bruce McCall's faux nostalgia - TED.com|
Bruce McCall paints a future that never happened -- full of flying cars, polo-playing tanks and the RMS Tyrannic, "The Biggest Thing in All the World." At Serious Play '08, he narrates a brisk and funny slideshow of his faux-nostalgic art.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; art; arts; entertainment; humor; media; 2008
|Siegfried Woldhek shows how he found the true face of Leonardo - TED.com|
Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; demo; design; entertainment; history; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Al Gore's new thinking on the climate crisis - TED.com|
In this brand-new slideshow (premiering on TED.com), Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even worse than scientists recently predicted. He challenges us to act.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; climate change; global issues; politics; science; TED2008; 2008
|Philip Rosedale on Second Life - TED.com|
Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale talks about the virtual society he founded, Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. It's a place so different that anything could happen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; cities; communication; community; computers; entertainment; entrepreneur; life; technology; 2008
|John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they? - TED.com|
Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; physics; science; TED2008; 2008
|Benjamin Wallace on the price of happiness - TED.com|
Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; entertainment; food; happiness; writing; 2008
|Nellie McKay sings "Clonie" - TED.com|
Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay performs the semi-serious song "Clonie" -- about creating the ultimate companion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; genetics; live music; piano; science; short talk; singer; 2008
|Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight - TED.com|
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; consciousness; global issues; illness; science; TED2008; 2008
|Sxip Shirey breathes music and passion - TED.com|
Composer Sxip Shirey makes music from the simple, dramatic act of breathing -- alone and together. Open your ears to a passionate 3 minutes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; live music; music; short talk; 2008
|Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack - TED.com|
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; global issues; history; medicine; technology; war; 2008
Downloads: 426 (2 reviews)
|Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish - TED.com|
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Prize; education; math; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Jennifer 8. Lee hunts for General Tso - TED.com|
Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes -- exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have (so tastily) combined to form a new cuisine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; business; culture; exploration; food; global issues; history; 2008
|Alisa Miller shares the news about the news - TED.com|
Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International, talks about why -- though we want to know more about the world than ever -- the US media is actually showing less. Eye-opening stats and graphs.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Google; business; economics; entertainment; global issues; media; news; short talk; TED2008; 2008
|Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; evolution; global issues; morality; politics; psychology; TED2008; 2008
|Chris Jordan pictures some shocking stats - TED.com|
Artist Chris Jordan shows us an arresting view of what Western culture looks like. His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics -- like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; beauty; business; culture; photography; plastic; statistics; TED2008; 2008
|Rives tells a story of mixed emoticons - TED.com|
Rives tells a typographical fairy tale that's short and bittersweet ;)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; humor; love; media; poetry; storytelling; 2008
|Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate - TED.com|
Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; aging; genetics; health; health care; medicine; science; short talk; 2008
|Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g - TED.com|
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; business; flight; science; short talk; space; technology; universe; 2008
|Peter Reinhart on bread - TED.com|
Batch to batch, crust to crust ... In tribute to the beloved staple food, baking master Peter Reinhart reflects on the cordial couplings (wheat and yeast, starch and heat) that give us our daily bread. Try not to eat a slice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; art; book; chemistry; death; food; life; love; science; 2008
|Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain - TED.com|
Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity -- thoughts, emotions, pain -- while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; brain; business; demo; medicine; science; short talk; technology; visualizations; TED2008; 2008
|Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com|
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
|Paul Collier on the "bottom billion" - TED.com|
Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; business; development; economics; global issues; politics; poverty; TED2008; 2008
|Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life - TED.com|
"Can we create new life out of our digital universe?" Craig Venter asks. His answer is "yes" -- and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we'll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; creativity; energy; genetics; global issues; invention; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks - TED.com|
Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; demo; design; education; entertainment; gaming; hack; short talk; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Kaki King rocks out to "Pink Noise" - TED.com|
Kaki King, the first female on Rolling Stone's "guitar god" list, rocks out to a full live set at TED2008, including her breakout single, "Playing with Pink Noise." Jaw-dropping virtuosity meets a guitar technique that truly stands out.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; guitar; innovation; music; performance; singer; 2008
|Andy Hobsbawm says: Do the green thing - TED.com|
Andy Hobsbawm shares a fresh ad campaign about going green -- and some of the fringe benefits.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; climate change; design; entertainment; global issues; humor; media; sex; TED2008; 2008